Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday's Jive 05-02-14

Good evening, it's Friday, May 2nd, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. a showcase of performances by Wesleyan University student choreographers highlights the Spring Dance concert in the Patricelli Theater.  Also, the Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs both traditional and contemporary rhythm works at 9 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. You can find all the details of these CFA events and more, including Senior Thesis performances at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight they present Dave Keller, winner of the Best Self-Produced CD award for 2012, playing soul and blues. Dave Keller is a Wesleyan Alum who was a music director at WESU during his time at Wesleyan. Saturday night award-winning blues artist Roxy Perry takes the Sally’s stage. More can be found at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine from 6 to 8pm today, Useless Degree will be on during Brew On9, when you can sample craft and home brews while visiting businesses in New Haven’s Historic 9th Square Neighborhood. Later Café Nine will have singer/songwriter Milton on stage at 8 p.m., followed by the rock band Eurisko and singer/songwriter K. Bestia at 10. Saturday, Café Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends, and Saturday night it's the Killer Glam/Rock and Roll show at 9 p.m. On Sunday, the Mystic Blues Festival presents the All Star Blues Jam in support of the Center for Hospice Care at 4 p.m., followed by Greg Sherrod’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 p.m. For details go to

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Indobox, Blessed & Gifted, and Uncle Sonny at 8 p.m. More can be found at

This month at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch WESU’s host of Acoustic Blender, Bill Revill's artwork on display in a show called “Down by the Sea”, with an opening reception on Saturday from 4:00 - 5:30. The Hartt School of Music Guitar Department will perform at 8 p.m. tonight, playing a variety of works for guitar, viola, and flute. Saturday at 8 p.m., Turkish-born jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir performs tunes with a blended jazz/rock style. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm; all are welcome. Help them prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street.  Sunday, The Buttonwood Tree features the Mike Lorenz Jazz Trio at 3 p.m. followed by the “Great Make Believe Improv Show”  at 7 p.m. featuring live performances of improvised theater. More at

This evening, Manic Productions presents Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Empires, and Kate Myers at The Space in Hamden at 8 p.m. On Saturday Manic helps presents the Fauxchella CT Indie Music and Art Festival, starting at 2 p.m. at the Space with performances by many CT acts. Details online at

At the Russell Library on Saturday at 2 the program is “In Retrospect:  Short works of the last 50 years by Barry O’Neal,” a presentation of short vocal and chamber works by the New York Composer. Visit, or call (860) 347-2528.

This Saturday, Gee Records presents The Legends, Beats, & Grooves festival, celebrating the roots of hip hop culture at Sound Spectrum / Club Lucent in Wallingford from 1-6pm. The event features Grand Wizard Theodore (who invented the DJ scratch technique),  Rob-Swift (of the X-Ecutioners), Grandmaster Supreme, Billy Busch, and Middletown’s own DJ N-E-B. Plus there will be a screening of the new documentary film, The legend of the Skull Snaps (about one of the most sampled tunes of all time). For info and details you can call 203-265-9796 or visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight Real Art Ways kicks off a 4-day run of two films: “Mamele and Cohen on the Telephone,” a 1938 short sound comedy directed by Joseph Green, and  “Alan Partridge,” a British comedy starring Steve Coogan and Colm Meany, and directed by Declan Lowney.

Tonight, at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, all five films nominated for the 2014 Oscars in the Short Film category will begin showing at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday at 2:30 they offer all five entries into the 2014 Oscar category for Short Film Animation. Next on Saturday they’ve got the third annual Trinity Film Festival, a red carpet event featuring short films by student filmmakers, followed by a reception and awards ceremony. Doors open at 4:30. Sunday brings back the New Theater Live’s King Lear film, and “The Great Beauty” at 7:30, the 2014 winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  Details at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.

From 6 to 6:30pm, pick up Blackout with dj smoothchilD. Upon waking up, dj smoothchilD and dj ROCK find out they are lost. Having no idea where they are, they must explore, listening to music, speeches, poetry, and anything else they can find to figure out where they are and how to get home. The first person to call in and guess the correct mystery location win's a prize (of the dj's choosing).

Coming in at 6:30 it's a half-hour with the Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the
kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

At 10pm its Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash - Celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live. At 10:30 DJ Lokash switches it up for his New World Show with the best in Global Bass mixed live.

At 11pm we switch formats again to bring you Maximum Rock & Roll Radio - A weekly radio show featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll radio record collection.

At Midnight until 2am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

Then at 2am we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla 
 - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from the Anthony Braxton Quartet, 8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001, featuring Anthony Braxton, Kevin O'Neil, Andy Eulau, and Kevin Norton. The selection is Nuages and it's out on Barking Hoop Records.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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